Bearcats lose late lead and fall at Rockhurst

The Northwest Missouri State University baseball team fell in non-conference action Tuesday afternoon losing 4-3 in the bottom of the ninth to Rockhurst University.

Midway through the season, Northwest sits at 7-18 on the season and 6-10 in MIAA play with one non-conference and 24 conference games remaining.

Jon Pomatto would start the hitting for the Bearcats in the top of the third when he led off with a single to center field.  Ryan Abernathy would plate Pomatto with a triple to left field.  Cameron Bedard would keep the bats hot with an RBI single down the left field line to give Northwest the early 2-0 lead.

The Bearcats would extend their lead to 3-0 in the top of the fifth thanks to a Tyler Durant single to left center plating Eric Swain.

Rockhurst would rally in the bottom of the seventh to cut the Bearcats’ lead to 3-2 going into the eighth.

A called balk in the bottom of the eighth would tie the score at 3-3 one pitch before a Josh Parrish strikeout ended the inning.

With two outs and a runner on second in the ninth, Scott Bradbury would single to left-center to give Rockhurst the 4-3 win.

In the loss, Abernathy, Jake Kretzer and Durant recorded two hits apiece for the Bearcats.

Sean Brady had an impressive start for Northwest, going five shutout innings while allowing three hits and striking out four.

Up Next: The Bearcats continue MIAA action this weekend as they travel to Kirksville, Mo. for a four-game series with the Truman State Bulldogs.  First pitch from Bulldog Park is slated for 3 p.m. on Friday.

— NWMSU Sports Information —